Things are getting busy at Yoomee – this week we're welcoming 13 young people and 5 mentors to Electric Works for the Festival of Code. We're one of a number of centres across the country hosting this week-long event which enables young people to get together, form teams, and design and build apps, websites, games or hardware all based around the Government's open data.
At the end of the week, our Sheffield posse will converge on the University of Plymouth, along with hundreds of other young people from the other regional centres. Over the weekend all the teams will get to present the projects they've worked on and winners will be chosen. We're posting updates through out the week.
It's an amazing opportunity for young people who are interested in coding, whatever their skill levels, to get together and build something. They'll learn from each other, they'll learn from the mentors, and they'll all get to meet new, exciting people with similar interests to them. And hopefully they'll go home excited, exhilarated, (exhausted!) and wanting to learn more.
The Festival is a great chance for us at Yoomee to share our enthusiasm about the industry we work in. We all enjoy learning new things, and often the best way to learn is to try and explain something to someone else! So next week we're expecting to be stretched and to get pushed into looking at areas we otherwise wouldn't encounter.
We've got a great group of mentors coming along to help out. They're a mixture of university students and people from local companies, and we're really grateful they're giving up their time. Between them they have a wide range of talents, so should be able to help the young people discover what they need.
We'd also like to thanks Electric Works for providing us with space for the week, Toby Hyam for agreeing to coach our Sheffield cohort in presentation skills, Creative Space Management who have sponsored the lunches made by Kim Swan at Victoria Centre.